Over the shoulder or around the waist. The F-Stop Mala camera bag ($129) blends functionality with intelligent design to create the ideal pack for the serious outdoor photographer. Constructed of high-quality weather resistant ballistic nylon and weatherproof zippers, the Mala offers amazing weather resistance, ready to take on the most extreme conditions. Features include a Water-shedding 420 HT ballistic nylon, YKK Uretek water-resistant zippers, thermal molded EVA foam panel, and side compression. Some other features include a weather proof urethane coated mesh pocket, front access pockets, and interior organizer that can be customized to fit a variety of equipment.
Is it a waist pack? Is it a shoulder bag? Eagle Creek’s Scout Shoulder Bag/Lumbar Pack ($50) is a nicely sized day excursion bag with an adjustable waist strap and removable shoulder strap for two carrying option. A large main compartment has a removable and adjustable interior padded panel for camera or electronic gear and ample room for your essentials. Made of Ripstop Nylon, the Scout is durable and strong. The signature Eagle Creek organizer panel lets you keep all your travel necessities together and the side mesh pockets hold frequent use items like water bottles or cell phones. The Eagle Creek Scout Shoulder Bag/Lumbar Pack is a compact messenger bag that can be used here or abroad every day.
In case of emergency, pull here. The Kata LighTri-317 PL Torso Pack ($165) keeps your DSLR camera in quick-draw position at all times, and the top flap features both a right and left “pull to shoot” opening. The bag is designed to carry and protect a DSLR camera body with a 70-200mm lens attached, up to 2 lenses, flash and accessories. It can be carried either on the back or on the torso and simply switch from one position to the other by swinging the bag from back to front to grab the camera for shooting. The pack is made from light, durable ripstop nylon and polyester mesh with a “Thermo-Shield-Technology” that gives the perfect protection for the digital equipment while creating an extremely light product and Aeriform foam perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams.
A belt pack for hours of on-the-trail use and abuse. Clik Elite’s Seeker Waist Pack is intended for the photographers who spend a lot of time shooting on the trail. The bag features a specialized back panel that provides supportive rigidity while still contouring to your back while corrugated channels increase air circulation, venting heat and moisture. Breathable, padded waist belt with bidirectional buckle comfortably distributes weight on the hips and keeps you cool during prolonged activity. An internal flexible “Marsupial” camera pouch with adjustable dividers keeps your gear protected and organized inside the main compartment.
Outdoor photographers and hikers are always on the lookout for a bag that will haul their gear but won’t break their back. Mountainsmith’s Photo Tour FX Lumbar Pack ($99) is designed to hug your body for maximum stability when trekking with your camera gear. Built to carry a DSLR camera with most 70-300mm and 70-200mm lenses attached, additional lens and accessories. When the hike gets long, the Lumbar Pack offers up padded and removable shoulder straps for easier hauling. The bag also features compression straps that allow you to carry extra gear around the outside of the bag including two straps on the bottom that hold a small tripod securely and a side mesh pocket can carry a 22 oz. water bottle. A zipperred compartment on the face of the bag also has pockets for extra gear, while an adjustable bungee cord and two corner loops can be used to attach other items to the bag when necessary.